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Revelations about the MotoGP regulations for 2027.

As we approach the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League, the long-awaited MotoGP regulations for 2027 have been announced just days before the French Grand Prix weekend. This significant change to the series after 15 years has sparked conversations between key figures in the sport, who took the opportunity to talk with the press at Le Mans. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM president Jorge Viegras, International Racing Teams Association president Herve Poncheral and series sporting director Carlos Ezpeleta participated in an informational press conference on Friday, explaining the intricate details of the new regulations.

One of the key features of the regulations is their main purpose – to directly limit the maximum speed of bicycles. Surprisingly, this may not lead to significant changes in lap times as initially expected. Our main focus is on improving safety by ensuring that the bikes enter corners at a slightly slower speed. With the spread of solutions improving aerodynamics and ground clearance, corner entry is becoming more and more dangerous. By limiting the impact of these elements, along with power limits, the goal is to provide a greater margin for error without requiring drastic changes.

Carlos Ezpeleta stated: “According to what the producers have told us, we can expect differences of around one to two seconds, depending on the track. That’s what they tell us. Of course, performance and safety are always somewhat inversely proportional and we expect a drop in performance, especially at top speeds on some tracks.”

An unconventional idea that has been discussed since the announcement of the new regulations, although not officially addressed, is the potential freezing of the current technical regulations in the last year of the existing regulations in 2026. This proposal aims to allow manufacturers to save costs and focus on development new 850 cm3 engines. This approach was previously implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic, when travel restrictions severely limited the work of engineers. While this requires unanimous consent from the five current factories, Carlos Ezpeleta revealed that it is being considered by at least some teams based on the current MotoGP licensing system. He admitted: “It is an issue that is under discussion. The only limitation to development currently is the engine and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. This will depend on whether concessions are available or not, but it is something we are discussing with the producers. There is no final decision at this time.”

Since the new regulations were unveiled, there has been speculation about the consequences for production racing if it becomes faster than the premier class when capacity and power are reduced in 2027. However, there are many safety concerns regarding speeds and transition zones in both MotoGP and and World Superbike, the FIM’s next priority seems to be the long-awaited introduction of new regulations for the World Superbike championship. FIM president Viergas emphasized: “Of course our goal is to have MotoGP at the forefront. Superbikes were originally conceived as production motorcycles with some modifications, and we have already started working on changing the regulations in this regard. Something will happen soon, but in a way that will maintain the difference between MotoGP and Superbikes. We are in discussions with all manufacturers and progress has been made towards a mutually agreed solution.”

It has become an open secret in the MotoGP paddock that BMW is keen to end years of speculation and join the top class. Although it was not explicitly mentioned during the press conference, it seems that BMW will also welcome the new regulations. Carmelo Ezpeleta explained: “Everyone was waiting for the new technical regulations to make decisions for the future. We are extremely pleased with the partnership we have with the five current manufacturers in MotoGP; it’s an amazing partnership. However, it is no secret that there have been other manufacturers who have expressed interest in joining the championship in the future, keeping confidentiality between them and us. After today’s presentation of the rules, we anticipate this development. Given MotoGP’s past successes and the expectations surrounding the new regulations, this is of great interest from potential new manufacturers.

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